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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Some flowers and birds along the Calderdale Way, Midgley Moor Section.

We had a great afternoon walking this scenic section along the moor edge today.
Some fields near Far Shawcroft Farm, Oldtown had a good selection of meadow flowers among the grass.
Large bittercress was waving its pure white flowers with purple anthers, next to Cuckoo Flower with lilac flowers above Midgley.

Birds included many Meadow Pipits, Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Wheatear; we listened to a Snipe chipping as we ate our picnic, and counted 5 Lapwings at the Oldtown end, as well as three noisy Curlews together. We heard one Red Grouse.

A male Grey Wagtail preening beside the stream at Luddenden was probably near its mate sitting on eggs nearby.

And the only nest we recorded - as we approached the car we left at Luddenden, a Blue Tit flying into a hole in a wall gave away its nest with at least three stretching and gaping blind, naked young.

1 comment:

ChrisJB said...

Sounds like my kind of walk Steve. Lovely.

Chris